Local Credit Unions Unite to Raise Money for the Northern IL Food Bank
For every $1 that is donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank, they are able to turn that contribution into $8 worth of food. The Northern Illinois Food Bank’s dedication to serving the needs of the hungry in the community is one of the reasons that credit unions have joined together to help. Recently, the Northern Illinois Food Bank has been requesting support in the hopes of opening a new south suburban distribution center in Will County. The closest facility is currently in Geneva, IL which is approximately 50 miles away. By opening a facility in Will County, the Northern Illinois Food Bank will be able to more efficiently provide nutritious food to both the Will and Kankakee Counties.
The need is great. In 2016 the Northern Illinois Food Bank helped to support 55 Food Banks in Will County and provided 9.5 million meals which is an astounding number until you realize that this was only 81% of the meals needed to feed those who are at risk. The Northern Illinois Food Bank is working to bridge the gap and provide all of the 11,625,500 meals needed.
In June, five local Credit Unions and the Illinois Credit Union League combined forces with local pizzerias to raise money with their “Slice of the Pie” Fundraising Events. A percentage of the proceeds for each event were donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Since credit unions are part of the same financial movement, they often work together to help their communities. The “Slice of the Pie” participants included NuMark Credit Union, NorthStar Credit Union, Healthcare Associates Credit Union, Earthmover Credit Union and Abri Credit Union. The Illinois Credit Union League located in Naperville, IL also participated by holding a casual day fundraiser with their staff.
“The Northern Illinois Food Bank needs the support of our local businesses. I am pleased to see our fellow credit unions reaching out to partner with local pizzerias to hold joint fundraising events,” says Ann M. Dubie, President and CEO of NuMark Credit Union. “When we all work together for the community, everyone wins.”
In all $1,405 was collected for the Northern Illinois Food Bank to help fund a new south suburban distribution center.
All of the participating credit unions would like to thank the following pizzerias for their support of the “Slice of the Pie” event Pizza for U in Joliet, Vita Bella in Plainfield, Bricks Wood Fired Pizza Café in Naperville and Rosati’s Pizza in Yorkville.
“We are excited to see credit unions join together in their Unite to End Hunger program,” says Hester Bury, Director of Corporate and Foundation Giving for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Their continuing support is helping us meet the growing needs of the hungry in our communities. We are looking forward to opening a new facility in Will County soon.”
Northern Illinois Food Bank is dedicated to solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need in Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will and Winnebago counties. Northern Illinois Food Bank is a member of Feeding America. They have a 4 star out of 4 star rating on Charity Navigator, your guide to intelligent giving. To learn more about the Northern Illinois Food Bank, visit them online at solvehungertoday.org.